I recently mentioned that my appreciation for the font Garamond might be due to its use in the books of Dr Seuss. This morning I learned that The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories will be published this fall (see the NPR article that I saw). As the title suggests, it is a collection of Dr Seuss stories that have fallen from the public eye. According to Kate Klimo from Random House these are not throwaway stories from the beginning or end of Dr Seuss’ career: “The stories are as good as anything in the already-published canon and readers of all ages are in for a treat.” (Of course she is selling the book, so her opinion should be handled accordingly.)
Amazon already has the book listed (pre-order your copy now!). Here is the product description:
It’s the literary equivalent of buried treasure! Seuss scholar/collector Charles D. Cohen has hunted down seven rarely seen stories by Dr. Seuss. Originally published in magazines between 1948 and 1959, they include “The Bear, the Rabbit, and the Zinniga-Zanniga ” (about a rabbit who is saved from a bear with a single eyelash!); “Gustav the Goldfish” (an early, rhymed version of the Beginner Book A Fish Out of Water); “Tadd and Todd” (a tale passed down via photocopy to generations of twins); “Steak for Supper” (about fantastic creatures who follow a boy home in anticipation of a steak dinner); “The Bippolo Seed” (in which a scheming feline leads an innocent duck to make a bad decision); “The Strange Shirt Spot” (the inspiration for the bathtub-ring scene in The Cat in the Hat Comes Back); and “The Great Henry McBride” (about a boy whose far-flung career fantasies are only bested by those of the real Dr. Seuss himself).
I’m putting this on my fall reading list.